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Thyroid biohacks?

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Posted: 12/7/2019 1:11:01 PM
 
According to my thyroid test numbers, I am mildly hypothyroid.  The more precise medical term is "subclinical hypothyroidism".  Now that I know the importance to have optimum thyroid numbers to lower my risk of heart disease, I have been trying everything but the kitchen sink (and a prescription)  to improve my thyroid numbers.  And I am pleased to report some progress. 

My morning temperature (taken before I got out of bed) used to routinely measure  between 96.4 to 96.6 degrees F.  Now  my temperature is measuring 97.3 degrees F. routinely.  I have been taking an iodine supplement (kelp) since April, but didn’t see an improvement in my temperature until a month ago.  Maybe the iodine finally kicked in, but I have also stopped drinking fluoridated water, I take 4-5 saunas a week, and I also have implemented a couple of "biohacks" that I have read about.  

The first biohack is that I have made great strides to improve my sleep habits.  In one of Dave Asprey’s books he wrote that people should go to bed by 10:00 pm, or they will get a "second wind" by 11:00 pm and will then have difficulty falling asleep. I would stay up to 1:00 am and then could not fall asleep, even though I was tired.  While I eventually would fall asleep and get my 7-8 hours of sleep, I didn’t feel as refreshed upon waking as I do now when it is lights out for me by 10:00 pm.  This same point was made at the "Stop the Thyroid Madness" website.  By staying up past 10:00 pm, you are putting stress on your adrenal and cortisol glands, which can start the dominoes falling to hypothyroidism.   I would post the link, but I can’t find it now.   

The second biohack is the cold water baths and showers I have been taking.  I use my hot tub as a cold water bath and I stay in the tub at 40 degrees for 4.5 minutes (I listen to Ed Sheeran’s Perfect song while in the tub to distract from the cold). I also finish my showers with cold water for 2.5 minutes.  After a minute in the cold water, you adjust to it and it feels good!  

So those are the biohacks that I have used so far.  There is no way for me to know how much, if at all,  the above has contributed to the increase in my morning temperature, but I’ll take improvement any way I can.  Other biohacks I plan on doing is stepping up my efforts to lower my exposure to blue light such as buying blue light blocking glasses and red light bulbs for my bedroom.  

I may end up on a thyroid prescription yet, but first want to see if these DIY methods can work.

Do you have a favorite biohack?  
 
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